The Spectator

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When I heard of the new boutique hotel, The Spectator was finally open in Charleston I jumped at the chance to shoot there.  The beautiful hotel which was inspired by the decadent decade of the 20’s stands out in so many ways.  The luxurious modern meets retro interiors in the lobby were designed by local designer Jenny Keenan.  With personalized service and a very accommodating staff, the experience was the best I ever had.  I’ll be releasing all the fun pictures of the beautiful lobby and rooms on my blog over the next few weeks and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Made for Making Moves Dress $48 from Vestique // Portico Statement Necklace by Lulu Frost $425, Vermeil Crystal Leaf Bangle $325 Vermeil Star Raindrop Wide Bangle $585 and Set of 3 Vermeil Turquoise Harlequin Rings $235 by Freida Rothman, Monroe Enamel Ring by Elizabeth & James $150, and clutch all from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Heels by Rebecca Minkoff $245 from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Beauty: Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Bang the Dream from Stella Nova

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup & Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley, Style Assistant – Jonatan Guerrero, On location at The Spectator Hotel

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Endless Summer

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Taking a beach break at the Refinery 29 and Malibu Rum Beach House a couple of weeks ago in Myrtle Beach was an essential part of my fun trip.  With my latest purchases – a high waisted neon tiger printed bikini by Michael Kors for only $40 from Holy City Consignment and this Donut float from Pink Chicken New York I couldn’t resist a quickie shoot with Jon Stell and a dip in the ocean.  What I love about South Carolina is the endless summer and beach trips well into October.

Refinery 29 X Malibu Rum Beach House

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Dress by Style Stalker and sunglasses by Quay from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880 // Rings by Ash Hoffman // Earrings by Daphne Olive from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Sandals by Zara // Donut float from Pink Chicken New York

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With the ultra-cool Dalia Dalili, the other half of Gem Sounds

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Bohemian Blinged out courtesy of  Ash Hoffman

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With my stylish sidekick for the weekend, Amanda Gosnell wearing a romper by Cynthia Steffe from  Warren on King PH: 843-725-9144 // Sunglasses by Quay from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880 // Watermelon purse by Nila Anthony from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927

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The Refinery 29 and Malibu Rum Beach House I co-hosted a couple of weeks ago in Myrtle Beach was the perfect little weekend getaway.  This traveling party has been setting up in cities like Miami, Venice Beach, Dallas, Chicago, and Montauk all summer long.  Dalia Dalili and Camela Guevara of Gem Sounds were there from Charleston to help me host this fun shindig filled with yummy southern eats, endless cocktails, photo booth action, and a larger than life connect four.  Angel Verde, who’s the amazing street style photographer behind The Stylepreneur, impressed everyone with his diverse DJ set as well.  The Beach House was also great to connect with my creative Myrtle Beach friends like jewelry designer Ash Hoffman and photographer Jon Stell, who snapped away these pictures at the party.  My only regret was that I couldn’t spend 1 more night in town enjoying the local side of Myrtle.  Until next time……………

Photos by Jon Stell

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Botany Beauty

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Exploring the beauty of Botany Bay takes you back to a raw natural setting of what South Carolina beaches use to look like.  The nature preserve was the ideal setting to snap some pictures in this flowy cover up by Blue Rod Beattie, a company known for it’s versatile swimwear that fits all body types.  The handmade African cowry shell necklace from IBU has been one of my all time favorite accessories and the store can’t keep it in stock, but don’t fret, they’re taking pre-orders for this wildly popular item.

Dress by Bleu Rod Beattie $69 from Zappos // Cowry shell radiant necklace $160 from IBU PH: 843-327-8304

Beauty – Laura Mercier foundation primer, Guerlain sheer makeup in Baby Glow, Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist #5, and Clinique high impact mascara all from Cos Bar Charleston // PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray $24 from Birchbox

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Cosbar Beauty Blogger Event

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Blogger Venita Aspen always photo ready

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The Beauty Blogger night out at Cos Bar Charleston a couple of weeks ago was a hit with the local style and beauty influencers.  It was a fun filled evening full of makeup demos, drinks, treats, and blogger buddies getting primped and ready for a night out.  The all service beauty emporium stocks the latest product from well known brands across the globe, and they made sure their swag bags represented their diverse selection.  A few of my favorites were the Sisley blue eyeliner in a metallic blue, Clinique high impact mascara, and local company Georgie Beauty faux lashes.  Thanks to Cos Bar, I’m quickly becoming a product junkie!

Photographs by Tracie Thomae Photography

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The Hidden Garden

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Having the opportunity to shoot at the della Porta’s house was dream come true.  The well manicured gardens of their historical house downtown was the perfect setting for a photo shoot.  Donatella and Giulio della Porta are the owners of The Hidden Countship, a boutique filled with handcrafted Italian goods tucked away on Burns Lane.  Just steps away from the hustle and bustle of King Street the della Porta’s really know how to transport you into the tranquil setting of Italy in Charleston.

Dress, jewelry, and clutch from The Hidden Countship // Shoes by Vince $425 from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Beauty: Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Tenderoni from Stella Nova

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley

Monday Blues

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Blouse $72 and shorts $72 by The Fifth Label from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880 // Sunglasses by Lunettes Kollektion $389 from Ombra Moderno PH: 843-901-1447 // Coco sandals by Corso Como $111.30 from Macy’s // Clutch by Bam Forever $72 from  Simply J Boutique PH: 843-641-0224 // Signet ring necklace by Lulu Frost $475 and 14k moonstone “Capri” ring $920 from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Bangle $345 and eternity stacking ring $69 by Julie Voss from Shirtini PH: 843-259-5243 // 14k gold rope ring $150 and $300 each from  Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862

Beauty: Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Tenderoni from Stella Nova

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley

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Plante Clothing Fall 2015

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The Plante sisters have done it again for fall.  Leah and Rebecca Plante are Charleston natives who left their hometown to pursue their dreams, yet to return as the winning emerging designers at Charleston Fashion Week in 2014.  Under their namesake line Plante Clothing, the sisters debuted their fall 2015 line as featured designers at Charleston Fashion Week this past March.  Using only natural fibers for their fabrics and designs that have a one of a kind aesthetic, their fall collection exudes modern femininity.  View more to find out what inspires them, their process, and life after Charleston Fashion Week

Photography by Margaret Brinson, model – Allie Newman, hair and makeup by Lash Allen at Elysium Salon

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Charleston Charm

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Nightgown/cover-up by Celestine $203 and swimsuit by Eres $506 from Bits of Lace PH: 843- 577-0999 //  14K Gold charms $295-$1,350 each, 14K gold triple link charm bracelet $3,650, 14k gold Griffon ring $925, 14k gold twisted rope band $350, 14k gold rope ring $150 and $300, 14k Charleston Gates pendant necklaces $295-$690 each from  Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Sandals by Ivy Kirzhner from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Beauty: Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Tenderoni from Stella Nova

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley

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Peach Perfection

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Off the shoulder grid blouse by Dear Creatures $85 and Bellini skirt by Dear Creatures $98 from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927 // Earrings by La Vie Parisienne by Catherine Popesco $92 from Lily Charleston PH: 843-577-7633  // Gold 3 tier ring $89 by Melanie Auld from Shirtini PH: 843-259-5243 // 14K gold pineapple necklace $2,700 from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Blue topaz ring from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman //  Destra Wedge Sandals by Franco Sarto buy here at Nordstrom

Beauty: Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Tenderoni from Stella Nova

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley

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Poolside View

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Romper by Cals $62, necklace $24, rings $14 from House of Sage PH: 843-573-7256 // Sunglasses by Quay $50 from from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880 // Gold bangles $45 each from Gold Creations PH: 843-577-4862 // Coco leather sandals by Corso Como $158.95 from Nordstrom

Beauty: Run-Through Detangling Primer and Superfine Hair Spray by Oribe and Smith and Cult nail color in Tenderoni from Stella Nova

Photography by Clifford Pate, Makeup by Elina Mille at Bellelina Skincare and Makeup Studio, Hair by Kalena Doo at Stella Nova West Ashley

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Barcelona Bound

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Sweet Intentions Dress $62.50 from Vestique PH: 843-937-4900 // Sunglasses by Quay $50 from from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880  // LOUISE ET CIE Janell Suede Cage Stiletto Sandals $149 from Lord & Taylor // Earrings, Geometric Hammered Multi Stone Station Bangle $255, Studded Hinge Bangles $295 each, and rings by Freida Rothman from Croghan’s Jewel Box PH: 843-723-3594 // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Lip Color in Volupte Sheer Candy by Yves Saint Laurent from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Isla Azul

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Dress by Poppy Lux from Dandy Boutique PH: 843-475-3927 // Necklace with faceted Amethyst and Blue Quartz $750 and Faceted Amethyst Cuff $650 by Bounkit NYC // The Orient Express Pearl Of Siberia Ring by House of Lavande $320 from Taigan // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Carrie Crossbody in Natural $649 by Taxidermy // Sunglasses by Quay $50 from from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880  // LOUISE ET CIE Janell Suede Cage Stiletto Sandals $149 from Lord & Taylor

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. toe nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Flawless Lip Color in Perfect Coral by Trish McEvoy from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Calle Estilo

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Dress $48 by Warren on King PH: 843-725-9144 // Sunglasses by Quay $50 from from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880 // Earrings and cuff $549 by Bounkit NYC,  The Orient Express Pearl Of Siberia Ring by House of Lavande $320 from Taigan // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Carrie Crossbody in Navy $649 by Taxidermy // LOUISE ET CIE Janell Suede Cage Stiletto Sandals $149 from Lord & Taylor

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Sheer Lip Color in Florence by Trish McEvoy from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

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En Las Rocas

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Sea Leaves Eva Bikini Top $94 and Sea Leaves Eva Bikini Bottom $80 by Eberjey  // Kimono by Cocoon House $88 and snakeskin cuff by Blu+Baker $39 from 7 Gypsy PH: 843-388-2464 // Necklace by 84 Gem from IBU PH: 843-327-8304 // Sandals by Sol Sana from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880 // Sunglasses by Sunettes $189 from Ombra Moderno PH: 843-901-1447

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Flawless Lip Color in Perfect Coral by Trish McEvoy from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

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La Hacienda

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Wonderwall maxi dress $169 by L*Space // Sunglasses by Lunettes Kollektion $389 from Ombra Moderno PH: 843-901-1447 // Beaded tassel earrings by Molly Jane Designs $170 from Taigan //  Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Sea Fan ring $150 by Christina Jervey from The Resort Shop PH: 843-405-1101 //  Aztec embroidered clutch by Muche et Muchette $48 from 7 Gypsy PH: 843-388-2464 // Shoes by Dr. Scholl’s $108 from Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. toe nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Flawless Lip Color in Perfect Coral by Trish McEvoy from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Serenity in Salinas

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Dress by Roberta Roller Rabbit // Sunglasses by Lunettes Kollektion $329 from Ombra Moderno PH: 843-901-1447 // Shield earrings by Meyelo $40 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Fedora by Goorin Brothers //  Gold wavy cuff bangles $125 each and Sea Fan ring $150 by Christina Jervey from The Resort Shop PH: 843-405-1101// Sandals by Franco Sarto $69  Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Flawless Lip Color in Perfect Coral by Trish McEvoy from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Lineas Agudas

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Top by Naked Zebra from  House of Sage PH: 843-573-7256 // Shorts by Lilla P $108 from The Resort Shop PH: 843-405-1101 // Sandals by DV Dolce Vita $43 Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880 // Sunglasses by Lunettes Kollektion $329 from Ombra Moderno PH: 843-901-1447 // Curved hoop earrings by Meyelo $30 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892  // Custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Cuff from Ibu $12 PH: 843-327-8304 // Midi Mackie Tote Handpainted Turquoise Tote Bag $1,349 by Taxidermy // Strapless backless bra $38 by Silly B Intimates 

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Flawless Lip Color in Perfect Coral by Trish McEvoy from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Hermosa Vista

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Sequin open shoulder coverup by Scandal $64 from 7 Gypsy PH: 843-388-2464 // Taposa choker necklace from Sudan worn as headband $53 from IBU PH: 843-327-8304 // Sunglasses by Lunettes Kollektion $389 from Ombra Moderno PH: 843-901-1447 // Hammered silver bracelets –  thin cuffs $153, thick cuffs $315 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Jennifer wide band ring with diamond $205 and custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Sandals by Franco Sarto $69  Shoes on King  PH: 843-718-2190

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Flawless Lip Color in Perfect Coral by Trish McEvoy from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

Buen viento

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Printed Woven Sleeveless Scoop Neck Dress by Lilla P $158 from The Resort Shop PH: 843-405-1101 // Earrings by Daphne Olive $88 and Hammered silver bracelets –  thin cuffs $153, thick cuffs $315 from Elizabeth Stuart Design PH: 843-388-3892 // Jennifer wide band ring with diamond $205 and custom diamond rings by Ash Hoffman // Sandals by Sol Sana from Sapphire Boutique PH: 843-779-0880 // Sunglasses $99 by See

Beauty: PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray and Laqa & Co. nail polish in Squid Ink from Birchbox // Shimmer Bloc in Pink Mosaic by Laura Mercier, Flawless Lip Color in Perfect Coral by Trish McEvoy from Cosbar of Charleston PH: 843-793-1776

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